Candy girl

Michele remembers the Archies, and not on vinyl, either:

It was cardboard and it came on a cereal box. You had to punch it out of the back of the box and I remember being so surprised that you could actually play this thing like a real record. It was all the rage back then (late 60s, early 70s) and all the cool bands were doing it: The Banana Splits, the Monkees, The Jackson 5 and even (sigh) Bobby Sherman.

No one would let me play it on their stereo. Not my parents, not my cousins, not even the next door neighbor. No one would dare let their precious needle touch a piece of cardboard pretending to be a record. I suspect now that it wasn’t so much the cardboard as it was the Archies themselves.

I broke down and played it on my Fisher Price record player. I thought of this as a toy more or less, one which played nothing but novelty records and damn it, the Archies were not novelty. They were real.

If only she could have been there the first time “Sugar, Sugar” was sung live, in person, in public, by the original artists.

In, um, 2002.


  1. McGehee »

    4 December 2008 · 10:05 pm

    Michele could have brought it over to my house; I played that very same Archies cereal-box record on my parents’ vintage RCA portable record player many a time, until exposure caused the cardboard to warp and it just wouldn’t play anymore.

    I also played the flimsy vinyl recording of MAD Magazine’s “Gall in the Family Fare” performance satire, which came with the issue containing the regular comic-style satire.

  2. Ekwoman »

    4 December 2008 · 10:33 pm

    How about the awesome black plastic record from National Geographic Magazine…The Call of the Humpback Whales? Anyone? Anyone?

  3. Guy S »

    5 December 2008 · 12:14 am

    And as a full fledged member of “The Merry Marvel Marching Society”, I remember receiving a “flimsy vinyl recording” of the “Merry Marvel Marching Song” ™ Sheesh, that was better then 40 years back … “Face Front True Believers!”

  4. Lisa Paul »

    5 December 2008 · 12:31 am

    I remember swearing to a friend that if Sugar, Sugar made it to Number One, we’d leave the country. It did, we didn’t. Because we were twelve. But still. . .

  5. michele »

    5 December 2008 · 4:25 am

    I vaguely remember sending away for some flimsy vinyl record. I wish I could remember what it was.

    And now I feel bad that I totally missed that Archies reunion.

  6. McGehee »

    5 December 2008 · 9:21 am

    It just occurred to me to be appalled I can remember the name MAD Magazine put on their satire of “All in the Family.”

    It’s not the only one I remember either. “Star Blecch.” “201 (Minutes of) a Space Idiocy.” “Mash(uga)”…

  7. CGHill »

    5 December 2008 · 9:23 am

    Where do you think I learned how to write post titles?

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